c. kimme hea
hours: tues. 1:30-3:00 & by appointment on tues. through thurs.
location: heavilon 303e
477-0504 from 9am - 12am
This technical writing
course will help you learn effective strategies for communicating with
other people about and with technology, particularly in networked workplaces.
As part of your development as a professional, you will learn to:
Become a better professional
communicator through contextual research and analysis.
with your colleagues in project teams.
situations and respond to them through writing.
Use the computer
as a versatile writing technology.
Design visually effective pages and screens.
A fundamental assumption of this course is that an increasing amount
of workplace writing will take place online--not merely as documents
word processed then printed out, but in email, realtime remote discussion,
and other forms. In order to help you learn to communicate online more
effectively, much of your work in this course will take place in virtual
The syllabus, schedule, and project materials will be made available
to you through this course website.
Our class will meeting in not only a computer lab but also a virtual
space called "ProNoun":
In order to participate fully in the course, you should be able to use
the technology platform and applications listed below.
Mac OS System
Microsoft Office--particularly Word and PowerPoint
ProNoun MOO client
Netscape Messenger which allows you to send and receive
email attachments during class
Because the exchange of information and
materials in this class will be almost entirely electronic, familiarity
with certain technologies is crucial for participation and success in
the course. If you need any assistance now or at any point during the
semester, please do not hesitate to ask. I also have provided electronic
documentation to help facilitate your use of classroom technologies.
Thus, you should be able to attend to the
responsibilities in the list below.
Have access to your Career Account
Set up your @purdue.edu email address.
Become proficient sending and receiving email attachments via
Check the course
calendar before the beginning
of each class.
participating in the class MOO space--ProNoun.
Become more proficient with unfamiliar computer technologies
Maintain back-up copies of all assignments via your home
directory, disks, and/or email attachments to yourself.
work is a required component of our technical writing course. In fact,
a majority of your work in the course will be co-authored assignments.
You and your team members are responsible for updating one another and
me about assignment development and progress. In addition, you also
are responsible for negotiating together all aspects of your work including
planning, drafting, revising, file managing, and scheduling of assignments.
is required at all scheduled electronic and face-to-face (F2F) meetings.
Since you will working in project teams, you also will be required to
attend any scheduled out-of-class meetings with your team to complete
absences may result in your final grade being lowered by as much as
a letter grade. More than three absences can result in a failing grade
for the course. Please note that no distinction is made in this course
between excused or unexcused absences.
Being excessively or regularly late for class or team meetings, both
F2F, can also
be counted as an absence.
The majority of missed class assignments cannot be "made up."
If a serious and unavoidable problem arises, however, you should contact
me prior to the deadline to determine whether or not an extension for
the work will or will not be granted.
will complete 3 major projects for this course as well as a number of
homework assignments, workshops, and other activities.
3 larger projects are as follows:
Project 1: Documentation Project (Collaborative)
Project 2: Analyzing Professional Contexts
Project 3: Client Web Project (Collaborative)
You must complete all the larger projects to pass the course.
For each project you must submit multiple components of your work (including
preliminary assignments, research notes, drafts, etc.). Since one of
the principle grading criteria is production (See Production section
below.), I need to see your writing process and not just its outcome.
For each project, I will provide a document stating the project's components.
Each of the 3 major projects in the course will be comprised of several
components, each of which will be worth a percentage of your final grade.
Project 1: Documentation Project 20%
Project 2: Analyzing Professional Contexts Project 30%
Project 3: Client Web Project 30%
Participation: Class Work, Homework, & Attendance 20%
assignments will be graded on the standard letter-grade scale:
F=59 or below
Specific criteria for each larger assignment will vary depending on its
required components. The three general criteria below, however, will remain
effective is the document? Does it
its intended task?
its goals and the demands of its context (both academic and organizational)?
a problem or address a significant organizational need or help
a sound argument in support of its claims?
relations between people?
relevant, useful, and accurate information?
How well constructed is the
document? Does it:
orderly and coherent presentation of material?
effective design and formatting?
professional tone and style?
careful proofreading and editing?
How effectively was the document
produced? Does it:
a considered writing process?
reveal quality of planning, collaboration, research &
invention, drafting, editing, proofreading?
project home page
OWL (Online Writing Lab)
For help with editing, grammar, and basic writing skills, the Purdue
OWL offers online help as well as face-to-face, drop-in tutorial help
in Heavilon Hall 224.
For help with learning technology applications like Netscape Mail,
PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
& Composition documentation web site
For help with learning technology such as Account Summary Application,
Netscape Mail, HTML, etc.
For information about open labs on the Purdue campus. If you need
personal help with your Purdue career account--e.g., you lose your
password, your password doesn't work--then you can get help in Math
writing web site
last updated: 1.3.00